While Barbara June is an accomplished singer/songwriter and musician, having performed with the Windy Ridge Band, Patrick Michael adds his more than ample talents as a songwriter, musician, vocalist, arranger and studio engineer.
Each song on this album was written, performed, produced and engineered at Windy Ridge Studio in Vassalboro, Maine. This small community, just north of Augusta, on the east bank of the Kennebec River with its country setting and quaintness is about as an inspiring a place as you can find to satisfy the urge and need to create. Barbara and Patrick do this together, in an unpretentious manner.
Their CD, Looking for a Reason was released in March of 2004. It can be purchased at http://www.windyridgestudio.com.
Barbara's writing and vocal offering is rooted in Bluegrass and Folk music. Michael's contribution comes from the other end of the spectrum with the more lively rhythms and licks of Rock.
Together, they deliver a diverse, delicious and excellent blend of distinctive melodies. Their music and lyrics are born from the lessons and emotions of life lived.
Though the music is impressive, it is Barbara's vocals which give the music its flavor and distinctiveness. Her delivery is powerful and from the heart. Patrick not only adds vocal backup, but electric guitar, bass and drums.
Barbi & Pat perform all of the music and vocals on this album making it difficult, if not impossible to duplicate in a live setting. There are few Studio Only artists who have had great success in the music business. Some of the notables are; Dan Fogelberg (Pat's mentor), Steely Dan and the Alan Parson's Project.
Even with the limitation of performing live, Pat has been contacted requesting that TwoZ A Crowd consent to doing gigs since the Web Site appeared.
Pat comments, We are not aspiring to become Rock Stars, we merely want to share our music with any and all people. The songs here on the Web Site are a few of the drafts destined for the album. "We are confident that you will like them so much, that you will tell your friends and associates of your 'terrific find' and want to purchase the album when it is completed".
The album cover pictured above, as well as some the other photos are graced by Barbi's two sons Carter & Leland.
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